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World Population: 11 Billion Plus by Century's End, UN Predicts

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The world population is expected to grow from its current 7.3 billion to over 11 billion by the end of the century. (Rawpixelimages/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Tuesday, 11 Aug 2015 09:41 AM

The world population will grow from its current 7.3 billion to over 11 billion by the end of the century, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs has predicted.

As Newsweek reported, Africa is likely to continue growing throughout the century, while Asia – currently the most populous continent – will continue to decline in proportion to the rest of the world. It currently boasts 4.4 billion people, which will grow to 5.3 billion by the middle of the century, then decline to 4.9 billion by 2100.

In terms of individual countries, India will surpass China as the most populous country in the world in the 2020s, and Nigeria is predicted to surpass the U.S. by 2050, making it the world's third biggest country by population. While it currently houses a population half the size of the U.S., its relatively high fertility rate could see it skyrocket from 180 million to 750 million by century's end.

Currently, the U.S. has roughly 320 million people, and will likely grow to 450 million by 2100.

CBS News reported that the media age of the U.S. population is likely to rise from 38 to nearly 45, meaning that the number of working age adults will go down in proportion to the number of retirees. Currently, there are four adults aged 20 to 64 for each person over 65. By century's end, there could be as few as two working-age adults for every person over 65.

Countries with the highest rates of poverty and a high fertility rate, like those in sub-Saharan Africa, could possibly face increased pollution, a scarcity of resources, unemployment, crime, and political unrest as a result of rapid growth.

According to The Daily Mail, the new predictions about population growth were first presented by John Wilmoth, the director of the United Nations Population Division, at the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings in Seattle.

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